The Trial of The Shah of Iran Simulation

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An interesting "What if?" exercise for your students. What if the United States had agreed to extradite the Shah of Iran to stand trial in his homeland? Students will play out the roles of the Iranian Revolutionary Council, attorneys, and witnesses for the prosecution and the defense. This alternate history simulation demonstrates what a show trial would have most probably been like and how history might have turned out differently on the turn of a single event. This activity comes from an established educational author who has published numerous social studies curriculum books.

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14 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 hours
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.


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